The 15 Richest Singers In History – [Forbes Generated List]

Who are the richest singers in history? If managed well, pursuing a career as a singer or songwriter can leave enough money to live beyond the comforts, luxuries, and privileges that any CEO could have.

It may not be an easy road to travel, but who said that good things come easy, what you have to do is work conscientiously, use the talent that was granted to you by divine design and make strategic decisions.

Let’s see below a list of the richest singers in the world, who have seen their effort and talent rewarded.

Andrew Lloyd Weber

British theater composer and producer with a net worth of $1.2 billion who took his first steps playing musical instruments at a young age (he was three when he started playing the piano).

Since he began composing in the 1960s, he has written the most recognizable music on Broadway, with his biggest hit: The Phantom of the Opera, a production that has been staged on Broadway more than 10,000 times.


Paul’s estimated wealth is around $800 million, largely thanks to royalties from the Beatles despite his solo career. His last world tour, in 2014, earned him $71 million.

When he remarried in 2011, his fortune increased by almost a third, due to the fortune of his new wife Nancy Shevell, who owns a stake of around $200 million in transportation company New England Motor Freight.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Sean was one of the most important figures in the emergence of rap in the early 1990s. He founded Bad Boy Entertainment and, along with his own success as an artist, achieved an estimated wealth of $700 million which placed him on the list of the richest singers in history.

Although he has been away from the stage for a while, he continues to generate profits in large quantities, as his foray into the world of beverages, education and sports has paid him significant dividends.

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre has a fortune believed to be $650 million. In 2008 he founded Beats Electronics and was responsible for popularizing stars like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent. In addition to that, he has been writing and producing music for over 20 years and has been one of the few musicians who has managed to create other superstars, in addition to being the creator of the most iconic rap songs.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion became a superstar in the 1990s and has since sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Her total fortune is estimated at $630 million. She is the richest Canadian artist of all time and it is appropriate to mention that her unstoppable success began as a result of Titanic, a film in which the most emblematic theme of her career appears.


Paul David Hewson, better known by his stage name Bono, made his fortune from his earnings as U2 frontman for the past thirty years. His wealth is around $600 to $700 million. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Time personality of the year and Knight of the British Empire, Bono is quite a personality who has also ventured into other businesses, other than music.

Jay Z

Jay-Z is the third hip-hop artist to have expanded his activities beyond his music, reaching his net worth of $560 million, he is also ranked as one of the richest singers in history.

The American hip hop icon has sold 50 million albums and won 17 Grammy Awards. In addition to music, this artist has dabbled in the fashion industry, sports and the management of other artists.

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The exact amount of her personal fortune varies depending on the sources ($500 to $800 million). Forbes estimated a more realistic figure of $500 million (September 2013), the same year in which she raised, with her MDNA world tour, more than $300 million, becoming the musician with the highest income of that year.

Although she has not had the same success as years ago with her most recent productions, the diva continues to be an inexhaustible source of income thanks to the massive world tours she has made.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey in addition to being beautiful has positioned herself through the combination of her singing and professional acting, as one of the most successful artists of our time, a factor that has helped her increase her net worth to over $520 million.

La Diva is in the top of the artists with the most sold albums (200 million copies). Besides music, movies; Advertising contracts with brands like Pepsi and his foray into the jewelry and fashion industries have brought him more profits.

Dolly Parton

The number 10 spot is held by Dolly Parton, the blonde American country singer of the 1980s, who has combined her ability to write some of the most famous songs like “Nine to Five” and “I Will Always Love You.”

She has released 41 albums that have ranked in the top 10 in sales during her career and has achieved 25 number 1 hits. Her wealth is over $500 million.

Elton John

With more than 50 years of experience, Sir Elton John is one of the most outstanding musicians in contemporary music with more than 250 million albums sold and dozens of awards won that lead him to be considered the best artist of all time.

Mick Jagger

He was one of the best singers in rock history, with the group The Rolling Stones. Having participated in other projects, such as film production, Jagger was considered a benchmark of the counterculture in the 1960s. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was named a Knight of the United Kingdom.

Gene Simmons

Since the four-piece band formed in New York in 1973, Simmons has been the one to keep his eye on finances and trying to sell as much of the group’s merchandise as possible was quite a lucrative idea.

During its 42-year history, more than five thousand different items of merchandise have been authorized, from T-shirts and hats, to comic books, pinball machines, credit cards, and even condoms and coffins with the Kiss symbol.

Not forgetting jewelry, ashtrays, lunch boxes, Halloween costumes, baseballs, and beach towels. And a golf course and a cafeteria.

It is a business empire that under Simmons’ administration continues to grow.


Along with The Police, Sting took the world by storm in the early 1980s, but his solo career has also been successful.

Some honors he has received include 16 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and several Oscar nominations, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Keith Richards

Richards is one of the most famous musicians in the world, a former member of one of the most influential bands in all of history and is still active to this day.

In addition to music, the singer has also ventured into the cinema with brief appearances in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, not to mention that fourteen songs written by him and Mick Jagger, appear in the list of the best 500 of Rolling Stone magazine.

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As you can see majority of the singers on the list of richest singers in history are Grammy Awards winners, they have lots of award collections in their shelfs and this is to tell you that they are exceptional, they give their all to attain this feat.

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